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04-23-2021, 10:39 PM   #1
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Flickr or 500px

What are peoples opinions on the subscription versions of Flickr and 500 px, and what are the majority of pentax users using.
I'm nearly out of free storage on Flickr and need to make a decision on which platform to choose.
Thanks in advance.

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Amazon prime includes unlimited storage for photos, fyi.
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QuoteOriginally posted by davedownham Quote
What are peoples opinions on the subscription versions of Flickr and 500 px, and what are the majority of pentax users using.
I'm nearly out of free storage on Flickr and need to make a decision on which platform to choose.
Thanks in advance.
Depending on your needs you could consider to run Piwigo at home or hosted. This means total control with free open source software. I've used it quite often to share images for sport clubs or other (family) events.

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I have found Flickr easier to maneuver with regard to the ability to link to photos for posting to the Forum. I never found that easy to do on 500px, but maybe it has changed.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Rondec Quote
I have found Flickr easier to maneuver with regard to the ability to link to photos for posting to the Forum. I never found that easy to do on 500px, but maybe it has changed.
Last I tried, embedding from 500px was either impossible or a hassle. Flickr seems much better.

I should probably make an account there...
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I've been using Fotki for over 15 years.

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I'm on both right now and will definitely stay on Flickr if I would choose to just be on one. Flickr makes it very easy to put your pictures on sites such as Pentax Forums. It also makes it very easy to allow a download of one or many photos to family, friends, or customers. Flickr seems to have the widest audience, some people looking for photos will look at Flickr instead of stock photos, I've sold a couple to a website, one to a travel guide, and recently to a magazine. If that "inactive marketing" has happened to me it has happened to a lot of people.

I intended to just put better photos on 500px, but they have "quests" where they are looking for certain photos so I've uploaded stuff to comply, that I may not really like or think is that good, so, I don't know. I've had two that hit their quest shortlist that were just garbage photos in my opinion, maybe fun to take for a challenge, but not really keepers. Their editors like strange stuff in my opinion, just look at some of their shortlists and inspiration. That of course is just an opinion, I shoot more nature s bizarre setups are strange to me.
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I disliked the constant requests for likes on 500px. Nobody liked your photos because they liked them, they were expecting you to return the like.
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Left 500px in early 2018, when they were taken over by Visual China Group, which was only the last in a whole list of issues I had with the site: fishing-for-likes culture, data security, excessive commercialization, overemphasis on eye candy, image display quality, pricing policy. Since then, my images have been living on the much sleeker and more trustworthy (if quieter) SmugMug, which happens to be Flickr's current owner, and I have never looked back.

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I've been there for six years now, before they started charging for space, now with over 30k images uploaded....

As previously stated, it's a much better set up for me....
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Thanks for the responses, I think I'll choose Flickr
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QuoteOriginally posted by davedownham Quote
I think I'll choose Flickr
Good to hear, both the PF groups for Daily and Single In are very active on Flickr as well.
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QuoteOriginally posted by boriscleto Quote
I disliked the constant requests for likes on 500px. Nobody liked your photos because they liked them, they were expecting you to return the like.
So right there.... the particular platform creates a need for mainstream perspective and acceptance that I find most annoying. I have been a client for years and Iíve participated in a plethora of quests, no luck at all (I donít mean I am treated unfairly, if course, donít get me wrong, but there are times I really wonder how many images make it there...) and the pulse system/algorithm is a controversial issue. I see images receiving like 99.7 /100 with mundane theme, mediocre aesthetics, technical issues... idk. Even worse, a couple of years ago the company reclaimed a change of strategy according manipulated images/ digital creations. They would arguably not accept heavily manipulated images (collages, 3D renderings etc) as photographic objects. I can certainly say that has been proven wrong.
I like Flickr. Itís more straight forward. Gladly there are more alternatives mentioned above from other forum members, that I can too consider, thanks for that.
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I am using Flickr for some years now and still like it.
If you are using Lightroom it is very easy to upload from there. There is even a more advanced plugin out there which I am using by now.
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